What is the college decision process?

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We get it. You want more. You need to do something that matters—for Christ, the One who matters.

At Dordt University, we want to help you discover the paths in your education that’ll bring you closer to God’s calling for you. 

To help, we've broken the college decision process down into 4 easy steps, along with when you should complete each step.

Click on a step below to learn more:

  1. Submit your application
  2. Send in your test scores & transcripts
  3. Scholarships & financial aid
  4. Decision

1. Complete your application

Part 1

August - October



This is the timeline we recommend for researching colleges and submitting your applications.

Applying to a school doesn’t mean you have to go there—but it does mean that, once you’ve been accepted, you can move to the next part of the process. Plus, our application is FREE ?

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If you haven't made a decision on where you want to apply, visiting campus is a great way for you to see what college life will be like, from the dorms you’ll sleep in, to the food you’ll eat. But remember, there's no commitment with an application, so take the leap and apply!

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2. Send your Transcript and Test scores


Before your application can be accepted, make sure you send us your high school transcripts and ACT/SAT test scores.

If you've taken any college courses, you'll also want to send in transcripts for these courses as well to see if they match for college credit. 

3. Scholarships & Financial aid

Part 2

November - January



This is a great time for you to focus on financial aid. Dordt's scholarship applications are due December 1.

Also, now's a good time to take the ACT or SAT again, if you want to. Improving your score by just a few points could mean more academic scholarships.

Important financial aid steps:

  1. Fill out the FAFSA — open after October 1
United States students

If you are a U.S. citizen, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form may be submitted after the first of October. Students who wish to apply online should go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember after applying online you and your parents must sign the form either by submitting a hard-copy signature or signing the form electronically. The priority deadline is April 1.

Canadian students

If you are a Canadian citizen, you must complete Dordt's Canadian Financial Aid Form. This form should be printed, completed, and returned directly to the financial aid office by April 1 to be included in the first round of awards.

  1. Apply for scholarships — many scholarship applications are due by December 1
  2. Fill out Dordt’s Supplemental Data Form (SDF), a Dordt-specific form that helps get us a better picture of your financial situation, and, if you are interested in working on campus and meet the eligibility requirements, please complete the Student Employment Application Form. The priority deadline is April 1.

4. Make your College decision

Part 3

It’s time to decide which college you’d like to attend.


February - April

Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll need to 'commit', and at Dordt, that means sending in your enrollment deposit. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be on track for being matched with a roommate, getting signed up for classes, and more.

Commit to Dordt

Once you've applied, you'll have access to an application portal. In the application portal, you'll be able to commit through one of the widgets on the side.

P.S. we'll send you an AWESOME commit box once you've done this!

Enrollment deposit

To secure your place at Dordt University, be sure to submit your enrollment deposit. Once we receive your deposit, we will start finalizing your housing arrangements.